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Geoff Barrow has yet another project 06-03-2012 | 0 comments Portishead's Geoff Barrow, man of many side ventures, recently told FACT that he's got a collaborativ e album in the works with soundtrack composer Ben Salisbury. The two will release a full-length under... read more » No anniversary reissue of 'Dummy-work on new album 21-09-2011 | 0 comments Portishead have vowed not to release any special editions of their records - unless they're forced into it contractuall y by their label. The Bristol band's acclaimed debut LP 'Dummy' will celebrate... read more » Portishead on Coldplay's fireworks 24-07-2011 | 0 comments Geoff Barrow has hit out at Coldplay and the "fucking fireworks" they let off during their live appearances. Asked by Pitchfork what his least favourite thing about playing a European festival was,... read more »
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ABOUT THE BAND:
Though their sounds may be borrowed from the past, Portishead--along with Tricky, Massive Attack and others--are considered one of the pioneers of trip-hop, a fusion of hip-hop, rock and ambient electronica. Heavily influenced by both American hip-hop and '60s spy soundtracks, Portishead twist and warp the past to create a new, darker and more personal sound.
The group was founded by Geoff Barrow, who moved to the tiny town of Portishead, England (just outside Bristol) with his mother when he was 13 years old. As a teen he played the drums, but he learned how to sample and mix records when he landed his first job at age 18 as a tape operator at the Coach House Studios. There he met Massive Attack and many other artists, wrote three demos for Neneh Cherry's HomeBrew album and assisted Tricky in the production of a track for a charity album. Barrow has also remixed singles for Gabrielle, Depeche Mode, Primal Scream and Paul Weller , as well as doing production work for Carleen Anderson and Monie Love. In 1991, Barrow met singer Beth Gibbons and the two forged a creative partnership as Portishead, with Barrows composing the music and Gibbons writing the accompanying lyrics. Dave McDonald (sound engineer and owner of the State Of The Art studios) and Adrian Utley (a jazz player who's worked with numerous Blue Note artists and on some film soundtracks) also aided in the writing, performing and producing of Portishead's first and only full-length album, 1994's Dummy. The album was extremely successful due to the popularity of its single "Sour Times," which received massive radio and MTV play in both the U.S. and the U.K.
Dummy is one dark, scary trip. Down-tempo, bass-heavy beats, spooky samples of jazz and spy music, and Gibbons' sad/scared/seductive vocals create a rich, emotionally-charged soundscape. Portishead has also contributed to a number of compilations, most notably the Stealing Beauty soundtrack.
© Dori Merifield
Following the Mercury Music Prize award, Barrow retreated to Coach House to begin work on Portishead's second album. The self-titled record finally appeared in September 1997. The live PNYC followed late the next year. The self-titled record finally appeared in September 1997. Portishead went on hiatus starting in 1999, and Barrow, Utley and Gibbons worked on their own projects
In 2008, a decade after their last album, Portishead returned with Third, the trio's most challenging, unpredictable work yet.
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|01-06-2013 07:09 kittycat09|
@ The Rip
I'd like to ride the white horse
|01-03-2012 08:59 cristine84|
Beth just sounds helpless.. More helpless than ever...
|11-11-2011 15:46 kouta55|
my favorite electronic band
|26-03-2011 05:11 starbuckslover|
@ Glory Box
|19-05-2008 06:57 mafersosa29|
@ The Rip
|06-11-2007 06:41 mafersosa29|
|13-07-2007 14:59 palillolt|
@ Sour Times
|13-07-2007 14:55 palillolt|
|13-07-2007 14:14 palillolt|
|16-05-2007 16:32 DirtyBlueAngel|
This song is beautiful. It first came to my attention on the L word, and I now love it. Gorgeous! x